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Gilamar Skirata

The most important step is always the next one
Part II of my final Adolescent Development paper is done!!!

But of course...I still have the field work journals and History Paper to complete...

What final/term papers and finals do you all have?

Sarge Potteiger

Half-Glimpsed Dreamings
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It's more a social/cultural history; less to do with the battle itself and more of the domestic impact it had on the reporting being done back home in the States.

Judas of Vahl

Beyond Broken
@[member="Sarge Potteiger"]
Ah yeah. The NVA and VC attacking the South during a holiday period when both sides announced a two day cease-fire. Of course it would have an effect on the media, especially with the VC hitting civilian command and control centers.

Sarge Potteiger

Half-Glimpsed Dreamings
Well it's not just that. In December of '67 General Westmoreland called the enemy "bankrupt", telling the American people that there should be an end in sight. Not even a month later more than thirty cities are hit all across the South, and the Embassy in Saigon is controlled by the North Vietnamese for roughly six hours. On top of that, you had the ridiculously high enemy casuality figures coming out after - figures that were fairly accurate, but didn't appear to be so because they were simply so much higher than most people were used to.

The Tet Offensive destroyed the lingering shreds of credibility that the government had remaining, and a lot of revisionist historians in recent years have tried to say that the media lost America the War in Vietnam by its reporting on the Tet Offensive. My paper is supposed to see if, through an examination of several major newspapers, there was a definitive change in the opinion of reporters following Tet. Did they really skew things in such a way that it would erode public support further? Or were they just doing their job - reporting what they saw. It's a question that's not often researched, although it's one often asked.